George W. Agnelli Sr.

May 27, 1930October 30, 2018

George W. Agnelli, Sr., 88, of East Hartford, loving husband of 54 years of Eleanor (Chenette) Agnelli, died unexpectedly on Tuesday (October 30, 2018) after a brief courageous battle with leukemia. Born in East Hartford on Belden Street on May 27, 1930, a son of the late Felix and Virginia (DeRobertis) Agnelli, he had been a life-long resident of East Hartford. George was a graduate of East Hartford High School, Class of 1947 and attended Accutron Watch School and Hamilton Watch Schools. George began his professional career at J.H. Anderson Jewelers, Main Street, East Hartford at the age of fourteen. He later became the Owner and Operator of the jewelry store and had maintained that role until his death. It was his love of making model airplanes that brought him to Anderson Jewelers. After working on his parents fruit orchard on McKee Street in East Hartford, he would walk to Anderson Jewelers and buy the balsa wood needed to build his airplanes. George took great pride in his work and was passionate about watchmaking and was devoted to his jewelry store providing the best customer service to all who chose to shop there. George was a proud member of the East Hartford Rotary Club for over 50 years where he served as Vice President and President. He was awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Award three times for his hard work, dedication, and generosity to the community, and as a leading force to every fund raising event sponsored by the Rotary. George was known as the “King” of Duck Race ticket sales and other raffles. He was also a member and founding father of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus-Rev. J.C. Martin Council #3901 in East Hartford. A devout Catholic, George was also a communicant and supporter of St. Christopher Church, East Hartford. George was a long-time avid golfer, and loved sports cars and always owned one or two. He was a member of the former Valley Sports Car Club in Springfield. He also loved family gatherings, parties, and parades. George enjoyed his vacation trips with his wife and family and spending time together down at the Connecticut shoreline. George will be most remembered for being kind and compassionate to all he met, and having a joke ready at his fingertips always with a twinkle in his eye. Along with his beloved wife Eleanor, George is survived by a son, George W. Agnelli, Jr. of East Harford; two daughters, Caroline Connors and her husband, Christopher, of Glastonbury, Melissa Rondeau and her husband, Michael, of Norwich; six adored grandchildren, Alexander, Nicholas, Benjamin, and Olivia Agnelli, Zachary and Rebecca Connors. He also leaves behind, a sister-in-law, Louise Blaschke of San Juan Capistrano, CA; two brothers-in-law, Francis Chenette and his wife, Pauline, of Albuquerque, NM, Paul Chenette and his wife, Elizabeth, of Corte Madera, CA; many cousins and friends, especially Theresa (Roggi) Rittlinger who he loved like a sister and her husband Stephen, Francis and Barbara DeRobertis, Robert and Cathy Vachelli, Thomas and Jane DiCioccio, as well as several dedicated employees who he considered family, especially Errol Kelly. In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by dear friends who started his career, Viola (Chapman) and John Herbert “Andy” Anderson; and two brothers-in-law, Phillip Chenette of Newport News, VA, John Chenette of Wakefield, RI. Funeral service will be Monday (November 5th) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:30 am at St. Christopher campus of St. Edmund Campion parish, 538 Brewer Street, East Hartford. (George’s family request that everyone please go directly to the church on Monday morning). Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, (Section E-Extension), Burnside Avenue, East Hartford. George’s family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday (November 4th) from 1 – 5 pm at the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George’s name may be made to the East Hartford Rotary Club Special Projects, P.O. Box 380035, East Hartford, CT 06138-0035. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit


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Judith Levi

November 8, 2018

Dearest Eleanor and family
There are no words to express the loss of such a wonderful person....Mr. George will be missed but never forgotten.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Bruce and Jude Levi

Sheryl & John O'Connor

November 4, 2018

To the Agnelli famioly, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your husband, dad, uncle and grandfather. George was one of the kindest, generous, and loving people we have had the honor to meet, and came to know him a bit through our past years with the EH Rotary. We often sat at his lunch table, enjoying his sharp wit and conversation, always with a smile and sometimes with a mischievous twinkle in his eye. His dedication to his family, his friends, and his community was so obvious and is rare to find in this day and age. Such a great man, and a life so well lived. He will be dearly missed.
Sheryl & John O'Connor

Ann Murphy

November 4, 2018

Mr. Agnelli and his sense of humor and always smiling will be missed. His work desk will never be the same without him. He so loved his job and his family.
I was surprised to read he was born on Belden St. I lived on the corner of Webster & Belden until my teen years. What a small world.
Revelation 21:3,4 gives us a wonderful hope of a time when we will no longer experience the pain of loosing someone we love to death.

Ann McGrath

November 4, 2018

Dear Melissa , Michael & family, So very sorry for the unexpected loss of your Dad. I know you told me how very close you were to him and I know the pain you must be feeling with his loss. You and Michael have had so much to deal with these last few weeks and Bob & I just want you to know that we are here for you and care about you both very much. I know we can't take away the pain, but please know our hearts are with you.......Love Bob & Ann

Rev. James Nock

November 4, 2018

Be assured of my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
George and I go back to when he worked for Mr. Anderson at Anderson Jewelers.
He was a wonderful person.
Father Jim Nock

Jayne Mosely

November 2, 2018

My sincere condolences to the entire Agnelli family. He always had a kind word or a little joke when you went into the shop. He will be missed.

Susan Fenn

November 2, 2018

My deepest condolences to Eleanor and the Agnelli family. I will miss seeing him sitting at his repair bench and the kind smile every time I visited the store.


November 2, 2018

Our condolences to the Agnelli family. Many years we enjoyed the humor George would always give when visiting the store. He was a great asset to the community and will be missed.